NBCRightNow.com - A new study released this week shows the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. is increasing after dropping off for several years.
The total number of undocumented immigrants living in this country edged up from 11.3 million in 2009 to 11.7 million last year, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Research Center.
The latest numbers on immigration come as prospects for passage of a comprehensive U.S. Immigration Bill appear dim. A bill passed by the Senate and backed by the White House includes billions for border security as well as a 13-year path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already here.
Analyses of census data show the number of undocumented immigrants peaked at 12.2 million in 2007, during the U.S. housing boom, and before the recession hit. It then dropped roughly 7 percent to 11.3 million in 2009, due to the weak U.S. Economy.